Tag: Evaluation

BC Links Exempt Compensation to Performance

BC Links Exempt Compensation to Performance

For several years now in British Columbia compensation for exempt education staff has been frozen by the provincial government. This includes Superintendents, Directors, Principals/Vice-principals and most other non-unionized employees. Started as a provincial belt-tightening measure, over time the freeze created recruitment, retention and salary compression problems as compensation levels for education leaders fell behind. The … Continue reading BC Links Exempt Compensation to Performance

Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Most of the articles on this blog focus on the importance and improvement of locally elected school boards, but no matter how skilled any single board may be, it cannot be its best in isolation.  Most provinces have school board/trustee associations that provide support and advocacy on behalf of their members. There is also the … Continue reading Stronger Together – Support Your Provincial Association

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

The previous posts in this series outlined some of the challenges that make traditional performance reviews ineffective. One of the most significant problems is that they usually take place just once a year resulting in a report card-like review of the superintendent’s past performance. These retrospective snapshots do little to actually build performance and can … Continue reading Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

In Part One of this series I outlined the challenges and ineffectiveness of traditional performance review processes for School Superintendents. While this begs the question of why bother doing them at all, there are beneficial and necessary reasons to do performance reviews, provided they are done well. Many school boards have performance reviews written into … Continue reading Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

Part One: A Better Approach to Superintendent Performance Review

Part One: A Better Approach to Superintendent Performance Review

Although most boards believe that performance reviews are important, many still rely on traditional review processes that while fulfilling contractual requirements do little to actually improve performance or board/superintendent relationships. This series will outline some of the challenges with traditional performance review processes and offer a proactive alternative.   What is the Problem with Traditional … Continue reading Part One: A Better Approach to Superintendent Performance Review

The Government’s View on Good Governance

The Government’s View on Good Governance

  Much has been written by provincial school trustee/board associations on what constitutes good governance. However, since Boards of Education (as they are called in British Columbia) serve at the pleasure of the provincial government, it would be informative to learn the government’s views on the matter. While the School Act is the legal authority … Continue reading The Government’s View on Good Governance

Painless Performance Review

Painless Performance Review

Let’s be honest, nobody likes performance reviews – neither the person being reviewed nor those conducting the review. Some have reported they would rather have a root canal than a performance review. The irony is that modern dentistry is now largely painless, but for many organizations little has changed in how performance reviews are conducted. … Continue reading Painless Performance Review